It's difficult -- OK, impossible -- to say anything about Raja Cuisine of India without mentioning that the place is 68 steps away from Indian Oven. The latter is a titan among San Francisco Indian restaurants: If there's no line out front, it probably isn't open. Whether you think the Oven's popularity is deserved -- I don't -- you have to admit that it took some chutzpah, or foolhardiness, or both, to open another Indian restaurant a mere half-block away from it. Raja has survived for two years now, and it's not hard to figure out why. A few rough edges are easily overshadowed by the best reason for a restaurant to thrive: good food. Choices run from fine takes on the standard north Indian fare to splendid, harder-to-find dishes from central... More >>>
The Raja Flava: A somewhat stark setting gives way
to shattering versions of dishes from across India.